This is the word for step – as in take a step. It is generally used with Ã±i and in the collective (a series of steps) as in:
Ã±amma anrÄki rÄjanÅ;
She walked onwards.
Or more literally, he made a series of steps to [undefined location].
KÄ“len does not have specific words for walk or run. Generally motion towards or away from something is expressed with the relational Ã±i in conjunction with either rÄ (towards) or rÅ« (away) as in:
Ã±i sÄen rÄjanÅ;
She went to it.
One can approximate ‘run’ with the phrase Änen antÄnre ‘with swiftness’ as in:
Ã±i sÄen rÄjanÅ Änen antÄnre;
She went to it swiftly.
Since a step can be seen as a body expression, it can be possessed as in:
la sarÄka jariÄ“nneÃ¾a;
‘Her step is funny.’ or ‘She walks in a comical manner.’
The same is true of any other motions a body can make: inanimate singular or collective for general use, possessed when commenting on someone’s manner or style.
Expressions are generally inanimate singular, but can be possessed in certain contexts.
la sacÅÃ±a jahÄ“;
Her kiss is good.
Which is not saying that she kisses well, but rather that her kiss is beneficial.
an embrace or hug.
She gave him a hug.
They gave each other a hug.
a wave, a waving gesture
This is classed with expressions, and thus can be possessed. However, it also counts as communication.
‘She gave him a wave.’ or ‘She waved at him.’
one’s frown. Like sÄlne, samÄsa can also be an expression or an indication of feeling, in this case the feeling of displeasure.
sele jamÄsa to anmÄe;
I really dislike tea.
one’s smile. This might be more familiar to some as jÄlne as in:
sele jÄlne to anmÄe;
‘I really like tea.’ or ‘Tea makes me happy.’
The stem -Äln- can refer to the smile as a facial expression, in which case it is generally possessed, or as an indication of a feeling, in which case it is not possessed. This is true of most words that can be seen as bodily expressions.